Apple updates its privacy pages, and you should take a look
Apple has updated its Privacy website and published several white papers explaining its approach to the topic and how its products protect your privacy.
Apple is offering more information than ever
The site also offers a selection of approachable white papers that explain how the privacy controls in Safari, Location Services, Photos and Sign-in With Apple work. These contain a huge amount of information on Apple and its services.
Hey Siri, spell ‘debacle’
Apple likes to update users with more information concerning its ongoing attempts to protect user privacy annually, but the update is particularly significant this year following the debacle around Siri grading.
Since that story broke, Apple has taken steps to make the Siri grading process more transparent and to give users more control.
Not only can you now prevent the process completely, but you can also delete any recordings Siri’s system may have on you. The company has also taken the grading process in-house.
Apple’s decision to protect user privacy isn’t just altruistic:
It recognizes that each time you pick up a smartphone, make a call, check a message or visit anywhere the sensors inside the device can track that action.
This means your smartphones gather a huge quantity of information about you.
Apple says it has designed its systems, so such information stays on your device and such data is not shared with the company (beyond what is required to make systems work – and even then it is encrypted).
That’s unique in the industry, as server-based smartphone platforms (you know who they are) do gather this information in order to make the OS (and their revenue models) work.
Your iPhone does make use of this kind of information on a device level, but only in order to assess things like human/not human requests as are typical of…